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  • Oct 3, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:25AM

LANGLEY — A chance meeting during Choochokam Arts changed two lives in an instant this summer and left one Langley man with a whole new family. Andrew Gilkerson, owner of Ace Leather Goods, Inc., knows the drill at Choochokam; sell, sell, sell his leather products. He has participated as a vendor in the festival for more than 17 years.

Festival is a bust for parks district

  • Oct 3, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:25AM

District won’t see expected share of revenues from event Revenues for the first Island Festival were far below earlier estimates for the three-day concert series, and officials from the South Whidbey parks district said they aren’t expecting to see an influx of money from the event.

Dedication ceremony coming for renamed Putney Woods

  • Oct 3, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:25AM

BAYVIEW — There are 63 intersections in the nearly 15 miles worth of trails within 800 acres at Putney Woods. That means there are 63 different ways to get lost within the forested land previously known as Goss Lake Woods, an area that has been treasured by a multitude of users since 1980.

Langley car crash blamed on DUI driver

  • Oct 6, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:25AM

LANGLEY — The out-of-control driver who hit a pedestrian and several cars in a dramatic daytime drama on Anthes Avenue in late August was driving under the influence, police said Thursday. Langley Police Chief Bob Herzberg said the state toxicology report showed the driver’s blood alcohol level was .27 percent. The state threshold for DUI driving is .08.

Commission says OK to Freeland plan

  • Oct 6, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:25AM

COUPEVILLE — Freeland’s growth plan cleared one of its final hurdles in the would-be city’s march toward becoming an urban growth area Tuesday afternoon. After deliberating for nearly six hours, the Island County Planning Commission signed off on the plan. They will now ask county commissioners to make Freeland a non-municipal urban growth area, or NMUGA.

Port moves forward on plan to move floating dock to Langley

  • Oct 6, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:25AM

FREELAND — They’re getting close, but no one’s passing out cigars yet. Port of South Whidbey commissioners used a special meeting Thursday to authorize $55,000 to get the Langley marina ready to be the temporary parking lot for the port’s new floating dock.

Critics say presidential veto of child healthcare bill will hurt Washington

  • Oct 6, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

Hundreds in Island County won’t get Medicaid coverage Hundreds of children in Island County lost their shot at medical care after President Bush vetoed a bill this week to expand a children’s health insurance program, state health officials said.

South Whidbey resident jailed on child molestation charges

  • Oct 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

A Clinton man will face first-degree child molestation and second-degree incest charges in Island County Court on Oct. 15. Police arrested Dallas Broyles, a registered sex offender, on Sept. 27 based on a tip from the family, said Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks.

Port to discuss preliminary budget tonight

  • Oct 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

An 800-pound gorilla will be sitting at the table during tonight’s regular port meeting — the Langley marina project. At 7 p.m. at the Freeland Library, Port of South Whidbey commissioners will examine next year’s budget prepared by port manager Ed Field.

Drug use, vandalism at Clinton park prompt petition

  • Oct 13, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

CLINTON — Needles. Drug use. Broken glass, beer bottles and cans, stolen furniture and pillows. Sleeping dens for homeless people. Steer clear of Dan Porter Memorial Park, Clinton residents say, especially after dark. Fed up with vandalism, drug use and other illegal activity at the county park, hundreds of Clinton residents and friends of Dan Porter Memorial Park have signed a petition asking the county to clean it up.

Saving sisters

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

Langley woman participates in national breast cancer study LANGLEY — Born nearly a decade after her big sisters, Marilynn Norby spent the first few years of her life toddling behind, looking up in awe and thinking the two were the smartest, strongest and coolest kids around.

District superintendent recommends three levies for 2008

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

LANGLEY — South Whidbey School District officials detailed what voters may face next February in three separate levy requests. The school board held a workshop Wednesday to discuss the district’s draft strategic plan and levy issues.

County calls on Whidbey artists for Scenic Byway

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

It may not become as familiar as the Golden Arches, but officials working on a new logo for Whidbey Island’s scenic byway are hoping to create a truly memorable logo. It’s a tall order. The new logo must fit with the island’s postcard-perfect views; its wide open green spaces, lush forests and mountain backdrop that rises from the horizon across Puget Sound.

Candidates square off at voters forum

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

LANGLEY — Voters had to get out the magnifying glass to spot differences between the candidates in the three contested South End races for the Nov. 7 election. The candidates did not reveal much during Monday’s voters forum at South Whidbey High School. The night with the candidates was organized by the South Whidbey League of Women Voters.

Good Cheer Food Bank completes big move to Bayview

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24AM

BAYVIEW — The new Good Cheer Food Bank site in Bayview looks and feels like a grocery store. A brand new, bright, airy and fully stocked grocery store. Good Cheer opened its food bank Monday at its new location and at noon about five families had been in already to load up on fresh produce, frozen meats and vegetables as well as canned and bagged foods.

Deputies find second pot house

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

Island County sheriff’s deputies arrested a second man in connection with last week’s bust in Coupeville of an underground marijuana farm. Robert Bell, 53, was arrested after police searched his home in Oak Harbor and found pot plants that had been set out to dry. Deputies discovered marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $48,000 at Bell’s home, officials said.

MoveOn Whidbey to discuss Iraq exit strategies

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

MoveOn Whidbey has stepped up its campaign to persuade the nation’s leaders to withdraw troops from Iraq, and local activists are hoping the special showing of an anti-war movie this week will inspire more people to speak out.

Alleged child molester pleads not guilty

  • Oct 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

The Clinton man charged with first-degree child molestation and second-degree incest pled not guilty Monday. Dallas Broyles, 38, was arraigned in Island County Superior Court earlier this week.

Greenbank Post Office gets face lift

  • Oct 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

GREENBANK — It was a special delivery the Greenbank Post Office never expected. In late May, an 84-year-old driver smashed his van into the post office’s outer structural wall, buckling and damaging it to the point that the concrete wall had to be completely removed.

Dock will move to Langley

  • Oct 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

LANGLEY — Port Commissioner Rolf Seitle breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after the Langley City Council gave the green light to move the port’s 400-foot breakwater to Langley.

Season’s first major storm leaves thousands without power

  • Oct 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

It was Mother Nature’s test of how well islanders had done their homework since the storms of last year wreaked havoc on Whidbey Island. The first big windstorm of the season hit the Puget Sound Thursday afternoon, leaving at least one man dead and more than 150,000 Puget Sound Energy customers throughout the region without power.

VIDEO: Windstorm hits Whidbey Island

  • Oct 20, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

Whidbey Island was hit with its first major windstorm of the season on Oct. 18. Check out this video with scenes from the storm.

SEEK FIRST 8-WIN SEASON SINCE 1992

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23AM

Hold on to your shorts, fans, the football game of the year is coming to a high school field near you. How big? In a word — GINORMOUS.

Marina eyed for port office,

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

Things are going to get cooking at the Langley marina in the months ahead, and it’s much more than the arrival of the 400-foot breakwater from Bremerton in November. Port of South Whidbey officials said they want to explore the idea of putting the port office in a new building at the marina, plus developing commercial space that could be rented out to marine-related businesses.

Cats get new home at WAIF’s Cat Cottage

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 10:22AM

FREELAND — Gracie, Griff and Missy have a new home, with more room to roam and plenty of their furry friends nearby. Animal lovers at the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation, however, hope the trio and their other feline friends will find an even better place to live: in the happy home of a new owner.

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